When you start out at a dentist office, you will usually see the dental hygienist, too. In our Perth and Joondalup offices, we have a full staff of qualified personnel to take care of your needs. We thought it would be helpful to explain to you just what a dental hygienist does.
A dental hygienist provides assistance to the dentist when the dentist treats patients. They help promote dental hygiene which helps you maintain your optimal oral health. They use educational, preventative and therapeutic methods to help you maximise your dental health. A dental hygienist is trained to perform a variety of different procedures that assist the dentist.
Duties of a Dental Hygienist
Educate and advise adults and children on nutrition, oral hygiene and plaque control as they relate to overall dental health.
Use techniques such as scaling and root planing to remove stains and deposits from teeth.
Help prevent dental caries and periodontal disease.
Select and provide the correct fluoride treatments.
Expose your dental x-rays and process them for the dentist.
If a mouth guard or study cast is needed, make impressions of your mouth to produce a mould.
Remove orthodontic appliances.
Size and select orthodontic bands or braces.
Application and removal of periodontal packs.
Provide patients with aftercare information following dental procedures or surgery.
What it Takes to be a Dental Hygienist
Ability to work as a team member.
Ability to perform accurate, precise work.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Above average interpersonal skills.
Sincere interest in caring for others.
1300 Great Smile
At 1300 Great Smile, we offer a full range of dental services from child to adult. Your dentist will often rely heavily on our dental hygienist to help ensure that you can attain a long pattern of optimal dental health. We have offices in Joondalup and Perth and are open seven days a week.
To learn more or to book an appointment, call us today: 1300 Great Smile(08) 9404 9500).